Islands @ Market Hotel 11/8 (more by Leia Jospe)

Islands and Amusement Parks On Fire are the two bands that'll split opening duties on the Happy Mondays/The Psychedelic Furs co-headlining tour this fall. Islands will take the tour's second half, which includes its NYC stop on Friday, October 9th at Roseland Ballroom. Tickets for that are on sale now.

Islands will be supporting their new record, Vapours, which comes out September 22nd on Anti- (who are releasing the first album by Rain Machine on the same day). That Islands album marks the return of Nick Diamonds' Unicorns bandmate Jamie Thompson (who has also been in Islands before). Their label writes...

Nick Diamonds' polymorphous pop band, Islands, is back with their third studio album, Vapours. The 2006 debut, Return to the Sea, found eccentric and mellifluous pop tunes performed with a cast of characters from Montreal's thriving music scene (including members of Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade), helmed by Nick Diamonds and Jamie Thompson. Thompson departed amicably from the group shortly after the album was released, and 2007's Arm's Way found the band turning in a new direction towards lushly orchestrated, guitar-driven prog-rock. Thompson has returned to the band for Vapours, a record that flits back and forth between moody synthesizers and drum-machine-heavy beats, while remaining firmly rooted in the classic pop sensibilities and multitude of melodic hooks that Islands is known for.

Produced by Nick Diamonds and Chris Coady (who has worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blonde Redhead, TV On The Radio, among others), this is the group's most stunning work to date.

The other ex-Unicorn, Alden Penner, recently took his band Clues on their first extended tour this summer. The tour hit NYC's Santos Party House on June 17th.

As an aside, Nick recently tweeted from the first Williamsburg Waterfront show on Sunday, July 13th. The verdict: "Nice skyline."

All tour dates below...

Islands - 2009 Tour Dates
Saturday, August 22, 2009 Silver Lake, CA Sunset Junction
Monday, September 28, 2009 Tampa, FL Ritz Ybor
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Orlando, FL House of Blues- Orlando
Friday, October 2, 2009 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Saturday, October 3, 2009 Charlotte, NC Amos South End
Sunday, October 4, 2009 Norfolk, VA The Norva Theater
Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Friday, October 9, 2009 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
Saturday, October 10, 2009 Cambridge, MA House of Blues
Monday, October 12, 2009 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargos
Friday, October 23, 2009 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
Friday, October 23, 2009 Berkeley, CA Lower Sproul Plaza
Sunday, October 25, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Austin, TX The Mohawk
Friday, October 30, 2009 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Saturday, October 31, 2009 Atlanta, GA Lennys Bar
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church

Happy Mondays/The Psychedelic Furs - 2009 Tour Dates
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 Chicago, IL House of Blues *
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre *
Friday, September 11, 2009 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre *
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT The Venue *
Monday, September 14, 2009 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre *
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
Thursday, September 17, 2009 San Francisco, CA Grand Regency Center *
Friday, September 18, 2009 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia *
Saturday, September 19, 2009 Anaheim, CA House of Blues *
Sunday, September 20, 2009 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues*
Thursday, September 24, 2009 Austin, TX Stubbs BBQ *
Friday, September 25, 2009 Dallas, TX House of Blues *
Saturday, September 26, 2009 Houston, TX House of Blues *
Monday, September 28, 2009 St. Pete, FL The Ritz Ybor **
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution **
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Orlando, FL House of Blues **
Friday, October 02, 2009 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade **
Saturday, October 03, 2009 Charlotte, NC Amos' **
Sunday, October 04, 2009 Norfolk, VA The Norva **
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Washington DC 9:30 Club **
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero **
Friday, October 09, 2009 New York, NY Roseland **
Saturday, October 10, 2009 Boston, MA House of Blues **
Monday, October 12, 2009 Columbus, OH Newport **
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Detroit, MI Royal Oak **
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Toronto, ON Kool Haus **
Thursday, October 15, 2009 Montreal, ON Metropolis **
* - support by Amusement Parks On Fire
** - support by Islands